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Gig.U eyes Columbia


Ultra high-speed Internet may come to Columbia.

Mizzou and Columbia are part of a national consortium of research universities and their communities that hope to act as test beds for ultra high-speed Internet capabilities. If it pans out, Internet users on campus as well as in local homes and businesses would enjoy far faster Internet than the current offering. 

The group, known as Gig.U, hopes to use economies of scale to persuade providers to build the infrastructure in the relatively small but technologically advanced markets.

“Realistically, not everybody needs one gigabit at this time,” says Elise Kohn, Gig.U’s program director. But university communities are good investments because they attract savvy and innovative people. “These are the communities that are often related to health care, for instance, and that’s part of the reason they need it.”